26 October 2013
ILFC and SriLankan Airlines sign 12-year lease agreement for 3 A350-900s to be delivered by mid-2016. Additional 4 aircraft purchased directly to Airbus will enter into service later.
SriLankan Airlines and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) signed (07-Oct-2013) a 12-year lease agreement for three A350-900 aircraft. The aircraft will support the airline's long-haul fleet renewal.
The A350-900s are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-84 and are part of an operating lease agreement, which has an anticipated delivery timeline between Jul-2016 and Sep-2016.
ILFC currently has two A330-200s and one A340-300 on lease with SriLankan. SriLankan CEO Kapila Chandrasena said, "This would be the first time the A350 family aircraft will enter our fleet, and it marks a significant step towards the growth of the airline. SriLankan has placed direct orders for 4 additional A350-900 aircraft with Airbus, and we believe that this new generation, fuel-efficient aircraft will play a leading role in the airline's long-haul operations in time to come. We are indeed pleased that ILFC will be providing us with the first 3 aircraft, and look forward to building on the strong ties we have established with ILFC."
Based on the article “ILFC and SriLankan Airlines sign 12-year lease agreement for three A350-900s” published in CAPA